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Arts Council doles out €30m among 200 arts organisations around Ireland

The council said it was mindful to help position the arts to benefit from and play a full part in the national recovery.

ON MONDAY, THE Arts Council sent letters to more than 200 arts organisations around Ireland, telling them that funding was on its way.

The council has begun doling out its grant offers for 2015, distributing some €30 million to in excess of 200 arts organisations.

It said that this year, for the first time in six years, its own Exchequer grant was maintained at 2014 levels (€56.668 million).

It also said that, anticipating future increases in investment, it was “mindful in its allocations to help position the arts to benefit from, and play a full part in, the national recovery”.

The decisions will mean that artistic talent continues to be nurtured; arts organisations are sustained; and people in every part of the country experience the best of the arts.

The Arts Council said it “sought to strike a balance between different art forms; considered the impact of the arts on a national, regional and local basis; and encouraged new talent while strengthening organisations already delivering at a high level”.

So, where’s the money going? Amongst the larger grants offered were:

  • €1,420,00 to Wexford Festival Opera
  • €860,000 to The Gate theatre
  • €762,000 to Druid
  • €490,000 for Galway Arts Festival
  • €390,000 for Kilkenny Arts Festival
  • €361,000 for the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Separately, the Arts Council has committed €6.2 million to the Abbey theatre for 2015. This is as part of a three-year funding agreement.

The council has published an interactive map on its website, where you can find out more about each funded organisation, along with the reason for the Arts Council’s investment.

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